And you thought your boss was tough. Try this:

President Bush spent his afternoon not buried in Middle East diplomacy, but daring his staff at the ranch to join what he calls the “100-degree club.” The phrase literally sends shudders down staffers’ spines. The president challenged White House employees to run three miles in the central Texas heat across the scrubby terrain on his property. Press Secretary Tony Snow, who sounded as nervous as everyone else, said he would offer a “pant-out” after the run… as opposed to a read-out.

Those who completed the run got a t-shirt from Bush, presumably that reads, “my boss tried to kill me and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.” In all fairness, Bush did give staffers a choice: run or go hunting with Dick.

A “pant-out” is not to be confused with the “pants-out” that Bill Clinton challenged staffers to on numerous occasions.

Quick update:

It looks as if Cindy Sheehan must have taken Bush up on his challenge, because she’s been taken to a hospital near Crawford and is being treated for exhaustion.


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